*To qualify for stimulus incentives, providers must use EHRs certified by an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB).
*Organizations can apply to become ATCB's starting July 1. The rule describes the process.
*There is no restriction on the number of ATCB's.
*There is no grandfather clause for previously certified EHRs by CCHIT i.e. everyone must re-certify everything.
*CCHIT must apply to become an ATCB. I spoke with Karen Bell, the CEO of CCHIT, and they will be submitting an application.
*EHRs certified under the ATCB program will remain certified when the permanent certification program replaces the temporary certification program. HHS expects that a final rule for the permanent certification program will be issued by Fall 2010 and that the permanent program will be in place in 2012.